\ ˈstȯrk How to pronounce stork (audio) \

Definition of stork

: any of various large wading birds (family Ciconiidae) chiefly of Asia, Africa, and South America that have long stout bills and are related to the ibises and herons

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Examples of stork in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bow-tied, wisecracking Vlasic cartoon stork was born in 1974 and took on a TV persona similar to Charlie the Tuna but for pickles. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2022 There’s a lion, a tiger, a camel, a stork — even a sea monster. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2022 The Germans called it a pfeilstorch, or arrow-stork, and remarkably, 24 more pfeilstorchs have been found in Europe in the years since. Jim Robbins, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Jan. 2022 How does such a smart pooch feel about what the sheepish stork brought? Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 Lawrence Pugliares, a nature photographer and administrator of a Staten Island wildlife Facebook group, received a call Aug. 9 from a group member who said the stork appeared to be choking, the newspaper reports. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2021 An adult milky stork stands about 3 feet tall and can live up to 30 years or more in captivity. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 July 2021 While working for Doner, Mr. Azzam was the creative force behind ads for Scrubbing Bubbles, a Dow bathroom cleaner, and Vlasic Pickles, which featured a stork. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 29 July 2021 This set includes professional sewing scissors, 4.5″ small scissors, 3.6″ stork scissors, 4.6″ U-shape scissors, and a stylish box to keep them all in. Chris Hachey, BGR, 20 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of stork

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stork

Middle English, from Old English storc; akin to Old High German storah stork and probably to Old English stearc stiff — more at stark

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17 May 2022

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“Stork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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\ ˈstȯrk How to pronounce stork (audio) \

Kids Definition of stork

: a large wading bird that has a long heavy bill and long legs and builds large nests usually in trees or on the top of roofs and poles

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